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Foundation Case Study – Meet Gavin And Reverend Errington

The latest Newcastle United Foundation Case Study takes a look at a relationship established through our Toon Times programme which is funded by the Premier League PFA Community Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and North-East teaching agency First Class Supply.

Opening at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum in February 2014, Toon Times achieved record-breaking visitor numbers for the venue. 315,000 people, more than the population of Newcastle upon Tyne, paid a visit to the exhibition by the time it closed in October.

The free exhibition, delivered in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums, took visitors on a journey through the club’s long and colourful history. Complete with a replica players’ tunnel, dressing room and fanzone, the exhibition embraced the Foundation’s ethos of using football as a powerful tool for learning and community engagement.

The exhibition was an extension of the Foundation’s Toon Times heritage educational programme, which charts the history of Newcastle United using historic items, props and interactive displays. To date the programme has reached 15,000 children across hundreds of North East schools.

This project overview gives us the opportunity to introduce us to Gavin Ferry, Newcastle United Foundation Project Officer, and Reverend Errington, a lifelong NUFC fan.

Gavin joined the Foundation in 2011 as a Project Officer and coordinated the Toon Times project. Gavin has a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and a passion for bringing history to life.

At 99, Reverend James Errington is Newcastle United’s oldest season ticket holder. A former minister at Denton Burn Methodist Church, in Newcastle, James been watching the Magpies for 86 years. Last year, James visited Toon Times at the Discovery Museum. Like thousands of other fans, he shared his memories of his beloved club with Project Coordinator Gavin.

“If I had to choose my favourite player it would be Hughie Gallagher. He was the player I grew up with and it was him who got me hooked on football and Newcastle United” said Reverend James Errington.

Iain Watson, Director at Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums added, “The exhibition has been one of the most popular and successful at the Discovery Museum in recent years and has appealed to our regular family audience as well as a new audience of football fans who might never have visited the museum otherwise.”

Managing Director of Newcastle United FC, Lee Charnley, commented, “The museum has played a hugely important role in showcasing not only Newcastle United’s rich history and heritage, but also the incredible community work that continues to be undertaken by Newcastle United Foundation across the region every day.”

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